Happy Leap Year! It's a few weeks ago now, but this made me laugh: Troll Squad (formerly Quoll Squad), from the First Dog On The Moon exhibit at Platform, in the Degraves Street subway.
I've droned on and on about the importance of frequency in public transport services. I recently pondered why Metro don't promote their every-10-minutes service from Newport via the City to Frankston. Some of the operators do understand that waiting time is critical, and do advertise when they put on extra services, and/or run frequent services. I recently participated at a session a
Sometimes it seems there are way more trains running in the counter-peak direction than the peak... particularly towards the end of the morning peak, and before the evening peak. This is because there's little train stabling in the central city area, so most trains have to be sent back to the burbs between the peaks. There used to be heaps of stabling between Flinders Street and Richmond fo
The first Protective Service Officers started duty tonight at Flinders Street and Southern Cross Stations. They may not be the best solution to public transport security, but I'm sure passengers will welcome them, and wish them luck. Yes, PSOs get less training than police. That's because they have more restricted powers (limited to railway stations and surrounds), and more restricted duties (t
I feel a bit guilty about this: I re-used a costume party costume. See, I was invited to an 80s Movie/Music/Pop-Culture party, and then a Dead Celebrities a couple of weeks later. Given time constraints and the likelihood of few party guests overlapping, I reasoned that I could knock off both with one costume. Someone who had been big in the 80s, but had since passed on. I settled for Freddi
On the way back from Walhalla, we decided (at Peter's suggestion) to go via Yallourn. He said there was a lookout with a good view over the Latrobe Valley, and the power plants, and the road through Yallourn was very close to one of them.. We started off by diverting off the road to a spot called Peterson's lookout. This turned out to be a long narrow dirt road to a view which, you'd have to sa
It was the culmination of many trips to Aussie Disposals: over the weekend we went camping to Walhalla - just for one night - at my stepfather Peter's suggestion. I haven't been properly camping for almost ten years, and had had to stock up: some more sleeping bags, air-mattresses, a pump, a tent, portable chairs, stronger tent pegs because inevitably the ones you get with the tent bend the fir
MX got to this before I blogged it. This issue is around Myki Pass (the equivalent fare to a Metcard Monthly/Yearly, but available for any number from 28 to 365 days). To calculate the Pass cost, you take the Myki Pass per day rate (eg zone 1 $4.02) and multiply by the number of days (eg 31). $4.02 x 31 = $124.62. This is the amount you'll be charged if you buy the fare online using a credit
Perhaps the smallprint says "Do not use the fuel and the alcohol simultaneously."
I noted this about a month ago. The idea of an emergency gate in the Elizabeth Street subway at Flinders Street Station seemed like a good one, but it seemed doubtful that the automatic release would include the padlock. So I tweeted: Ok. I have my doubts that this emergency exit *padlock* is automatic, @MetroTrains http://yfrog.com/mn1pwqsj Care to confirm? And Metro replied: @dan